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SuperCam Calibration Targets: Design and Development

Manrique, Jose Antonio and Lopez-Reyes, Guillermo and Cousin, Agnès and Rull, Fernando and Maurice, Sylvestre and Wiens, Roger C. and Madsen, Morten and Madariaga, Juan Manuel and Gasnault, Olivier and Aramendia, Julene and Arana, Gorka and Beck, Pierre and Bernard, Sylvain and Bernardi, Pernelle and Bernt, Michael Heide and Berrocal, Alicia and Beyssac, Olivier and Cais, Philippe and Castro Martinez, Claudia and Castro, Kepa and Clegg, Sam and Cloutis, Edward and Dromart, Gilles and Drouet, Christophe and Dubois, Bruno and Escribano, D and Fabre, Cécile and Fernandez, A and Forni, Olivier and Garcia-Baonza, Valentin and Gontijo, Ivair and Johnson, Jeffrey R. and Laserna, Javier and Lasue, Jérémie and Madsen, Soren and Mateo-Marti, Eva and Medina, Jesús and Meslin, Pierre-Yves and Montagnac, Gilles and Moral, A and Moros, J and Ollila, Ann M. and Ortega, C and Prieto-Ballesteros, Olga and Reess, Jean-Michel and Robinson, S and Rodriguez, J and Saiz, Jesus and Sanz-Arranz, José Aurelio and Sard, Iñigo and Sautter, Violaine and Sobron, Pablo and Toplis, Michael J. and Veneranda, Marco SuperCam Calibration Targets: Design and Development. (2020) Space Science Reviews, 216 (8). ISSN 0038-6308

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-020-00764-w


SuperCam is a highly integrated remote-sensing instrumental suite for NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. It consists of a co-aligned combination of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Time-Resolved Raman and Luminescence (TRR/L), Visible and Infrared Spectroscopy (VISIR), together with sound recording (MIC) and high-magnification imaging techniques (RMI). They provide information on the mineralogy, geochemistry and mineral context around the Perseverance Rover. The calibration of this complex suite is a major challenge. Not only does each technique require its own standards or references, their combination also introduces new requirements to obtain optimal scientific output. Elemental composition, molecular vibrational features, fluorescence, morphology and texture provide a full picture of the sample with spectral information that needs to be co-aligned, correlated, and individually calibrated. The resulting hardware includes different kinds of targets, each one covering different needs of the instrument. Standards for imaging calibration, geological samples for mineral identification and chemometric calculations or spectral references to calibrate and evaluate the health of the instrument, are all included in the SuperCam Calibration Target (SCCT). The system also includes a specifically designed assembly in which the samples are mounted. This hardware allows the targets to survive the harsh environmental conditions of the launch, cruise, landing and operation on Mars during the whole mission. Here we summarize the design, development, integration, verification and functional testing of the SCCT. This work includes some key results obtained to verify the scientific outcome of the SuperCam system.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:07 May 2021 12:45

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